It is true that malnutrition in children in Third and Fourth World countries have contributed to disease and death, but that is not the only factor affecting that area.
Other areas of healthcare are also harming these countries. Some of them involve malnutrition as well, while others involve poor sanitation. It should be discussed that a look into a small subset of diseases is probably the best course in further assisting these poor nations.
First, it is stated that if a child lives through childhood then the mothers in these nations will not have as many children. This can be achieved by concentrating on a small grouping of diseases that are easily cured.
Fourth World Country
Many people concentrate too much on every single affliction instead of realizing a bigger picture forms in these nations. As the WHO reported “the prospects of the poorest billion in the Third World can be radically improved by targeting a relatively small set of diseases and conditions.” (Fogel & Lee, 2002) Many of the cures are easy to administer and should be universal for all members of the human race.
Nutrition and other needs are considered to be the big killers among these populations. The facts on Third World and Fourth World needs are staggering.
The Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (CMH) of the World Health Organization estimates “87 percent of deaths among children under age five, 71 percent of deaths between ages five and twenty-nine, and 47 percent of deaths between ages thirty and sixty-nine” can be eradicated by using existing drugs and vaccines, easily delivering food, and by public-health programs that promote positive sanitation and health. (Fogel & Lee, 2002)
The solutions to the problems seem easy to solve when a person thinks about the big diseases instead of every single problem facing Third and Fourth World countries.
References Fogel, R. W., & Lee, C. (2002). Who Gets Health Care?. Daedalus, 131(1), 107+.